Elementary resources: Earth science

A photo of a pilot talking to a group of elementary students in front of a plane.
Lt. Col. Keith Gibson interacts with students from Gilchrist Elementary School during the Tallahassee Hurricane Awareness Tour May 22, 2014, at the Tallahassee Regional Airport, Fla. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's national hurricane center and the 403rd Wing's 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron's tour is designed to help save lives and decrease property damage by promoting hurricane preparedness and awareness among local populations along the Gulf of Mexico. Gibson is the director of operations for the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron. (Courtesy photo/403rd Public Affairs)

Climate change and coral activities

4th - 12th grade
Students learn how climate change impacts the ocean through activities that help them understand ocean acidification, melting ice caps, and thermal expansion of water.


Ducks in the flow offsite link

3rd - 5th grade • Teacher guide • Links to standards
Students use scientific inquiry and data gathering skills to learn about force, motion, and ocean currents using the true story of toys that fell off a ship during a storm and drifted to various places. 


Elementary GLOBE

K - 4th grade • Teacher guide
Students learn about Earth systems through science-based fictional story books and accompanying lesson plans. The seven books in this series cover air quality, climate, clouds, Earth system, seasons, soil, and water.


Exploring changes in ocean chemistry offsite link

4th - 5th grade • Uses data • Links to standards
Students test different water samples, analyze their results, and share their ideas about how to improve the experimental design. 


Marine debris monitoring toolkit for educators

4th - 8th grade • Teacher guide • Uses data
Students conduct local marine debris surveys and enter their data into a national database, becoming stewards of their communities.


The methane circus

5th - 6th grade • Links to standards
Students learn about the role methane hydrates played in animal evolution during the Cambrian Explosion, 541 million years ago. Students also learn how methane hydrates may contribute to climate change.


Mysteries in the ocean offsite link

3rd - 5th grade
Students learn about ocean floor features and how scientists explore and map these underwater landscapes.


Severe weather awareness week: Sun protection - Sun shades and Severe weather vs. normal weather lessons

K - 1st grade • Teacher guide • Links to standards
Students learn about severe weather and severe weather preparedness in this collection of lesson plans.


Watershed and rainscaping lessons offsite link

K - 6th grade • Teacher guide • Links to standards
Students learn about soil, watersheds, pollution, and how to improve local landscapes in this collection of lesson plans focused on watershed education.


What's the story with sand? offsite link

4th - 6th grade • Teacher guide • Links to standards
Students learn how sand forms, how to recognize different types, and how to tell sand apart from soil and other small particles.


Winged ambassadors offsite link

5th - 12th grade • Teacher guide • Uses data • Links to standards
In this collection of five lessons, students learn about albatrosses, their migration patterns, and how they are impacted by marine debris.